Author & Professor
Corey Brettschneider has studied and taught politics and constitutional law for nearly all of his adult life. He earned a PhD in politics from Princeton and a law degree from Stanford. Since then, Corey has written and taught in Brown's political science department and as a visiting professor in the law schools at Fordham, University of Chicago, and Harvard. His focus has been on issues central to our democracy, like free speech, the role of courts in our system of government, and religious freedom. Read More >
The Oath and the Office
Brettschneider, who is a professor at Brown University and has taught at many major law schools, guides teachers through everything you need to know about the Constitution if you want to be President of the United States or vote for one. In doing so he offers a new model for how to teach civics. Topics include war, race and equal protection and the law of free speech.
Brettschneider offers a unique third approach to the question of hate speech. Some free speech purist defends absolute rights to say anything on college campuses. Others argue for limits on extreme speech. Brettschneider discusses a third approach: The university should protect all viewpoints but criticizing those that attack its core values.
In today's times, many confuse leadership with brashness. But Brettschneider draws on George Washington, who many consider our first and greatest president, to make the case that modesty is the chief virtue of a leader, effective in putting the mission first, ahead of self-interest.
Brettschneider offers a way to get beyond our current conflicts over religion by touring us through a history of religious freedom in the United States. From Madison's battle for religious freedom in Virginia to Washington's famous dialogue with a Rhode Island synagogue, Brettschneider talks about how the framers foresaw our current conflicts involving religion and offered a way to resolve them.
Brettschneider offers a tour of explanations of why government, parents, and schools punish. He begins in England with resistance to a tyrannical king, moving to a surprising and radically new approach to the subject at the founding of the United States introduced by the framers Benjamin Rush and Benjamin Franklin.